Rescuers look on as the man is airlifted from the site by the Sea King. Photo: Northumberland NPMRT

Rescuers look on as the man is airlifted from the site by the Sea King. Photo: Northumberland NPMRT

A climber was rescued from a crag in Northumberland after injuring himself while bouldering.

Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team and North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team were called by Northumbria Police at 11.25am today to the incident at Shaftoe Crags, near Belsay.

North East Ambulance Service staff, along with Northumberland Fire and Rescue went to the scene, north-west of Newcastle upon Tyne. A Sea King helicopter from RAF Boulmer in Northumberland also flew to the site, where the man had fallen awkwardly.

Rescuers at the site at Shaftoe Crags. Photo: Northumberland NPMRT

Rescuers at the site at Shaftoe Crags. Photo: Northumberland NPMRT

Iain Nixon, team leader of the Northumberland National Park MRT, said: “The teams were on scene within 30 minutes of the callout.

“The casualty was treated by a mountain rescue team member, an off-duty North East Ambulance Service paramedic. Having stabilised the fallen climber on a stretcher, he was carried to the waiting Sea King helicopter.”

The man was then airlifted for further treatment to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

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